Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 681–699 | Cite as

Dante Bini’s Form-Resistant Binishells

  • Alberto PugnaleEmail author
  • Alberto Bologna


This paper aims to review Dante Bini’s career, as well as his form-resistant Binishell and other pneumatic construction systems. The role of Mario Salvadori in Bini’s international success works as the introduction to a broader discussion about the relationship between innovation in design and innovation in construction for shell and gridshell designers. The second part of the paper focuses, instead, on Bini’s double profile—architect and builder—which led him to develop his inventions both architecturally and as commercial products.


Dante Bini Binishells Form-resistant structures Form-finding Pneumatic structures Mario Salvadori RC Shells Innovation in construction 



This paper is the result of an ongoing research project on Binishells, which was funded in 2013 by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne, and of which A. Pugnale is Chief Investigator.

The paper structure and narrative are the result of the combined work of the two authors. Section 1 and 3 were drafted by A. Bologna and edited by A. Pugnale; Section 2 was written by A. Pugnale and reviewed by A. Bologna. Section 4 contains conclusive reflections by both authors. The Australian and American fieldworks were carried out by A. Pugnale, between May 2014 and June 2016, and include visits to several Australian Binishells, digitalisation of the archival sources of the NSW State Records, as well as of Dante Bini’s private archive, which is currently stored in St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA, USA. The Italian fieldwork was carried out by A. Bologna, who also took care of the filed patents on the topic. The authors consider their individual contribution to the paper with an equal percentage of 50%. The authors would also like to express their gratitude to Dante Bini, for his generous hospitality, for providing us access to his personal archive in St. Helena, CA, USA, and permitting the publication of personal photographs and documents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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